“I’m already overwhelmed in my job. I have no time left to write a blog post, create a conversation on Twitter, or engage in a Facebook discussion.” I hear it quite often these days. I understand people’s frustrations. We all seem to be tapped out. My answer is simple: you must let go of the urgent and not important and focus on the important but not urgent.
Easier said than done.
The urgent always demand our attention, whether or not it warrants it. It’s the “needs immediate attention” email you get in the middle of the day, or a “crisis” a client is having you must attend to. Much like disgruntled church members, the “urgent but not important” tasks fill our days and rob us from doing what we should be doing but, unlike its obnoxious counterpart, the “important but not urgent” will not grab us by the neck and yell, “deal with me.”
Ultimately, however, the “important but not urgent” is where breakthroughs happen, where possibility and creativity flourish and where our time is best spent.
As I was telling a room-full of people to stop dealing with the urgent, I felt convicted to heed to my own advice and to take inventory. So, I’m asking you and me the question:
What’s urgent and not important in your life you need to addrees?